FREEBIES

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable day. My day was full of this, that and the other. I did plenty of jobs that needed doing. The washing won’t do itself don’t you know.

The best things in life are free. Finding the perfect piece of scrap fabric for a certain part of a project ….. oh yah! When a perfect stranger smiles at you while you’re out dog walking … yeehaw!!! When you find inspiration just when you need it most ….. yes please. When your friends and family are on call whenever you need emotional support ….. invaluable.

Speaking of free things ….. while I was prepping my sewing room in readiness for painting last autumn, I came across a whole lot of stuff that I didn’t even realise I had. I gathered up a serious pile of fabric that was tucked away here there and everywhere! So, this afternoon’s task was to go thru this bag of fabric and work out how to store it and/or use it.

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I sat on a little stool and emptied one little pile after another out of this big bag. I loosely divided it up by colourway, sort of. A lot of this fabric was purchased many years ago with no plan of action. To be honest, it took me longer to fold the bag than it did to empty it!

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So, now I have to work out what I’m going to do with all of this. One things for sure, I’ll be getting my books out for inspiration. In the meantime, I’ll store the fabric in bins as neatly as I can, until I have a proper plan of action.

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This free fabric would be great for prototypes of some of the new designs/projects coming from my drawing board. Once made up, I can practice my freemotion quilting on it. It’s quite amazing, that little pile of fabric has inspired me to design and make new projects. I quite fancy making a couple of scrappy quilts with a twist; perhaps some string piecing would suit the fabrics. The sky is the limit.

It’s been a pretty good day in my little world. I got plenty done giving me a sense of accomplishment. Since becoming a single parent, this finding my feet malarkey has been quite difficult but I think I’m finally turning the corner. I’m actually enjoying making choices and decisions on my own. My new designs have changed, even the colours I use in said design samples are quite different nowadays.

So, that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super duper cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep stitching

Lucie x

DRESDENS IN THE SUNSHINE

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fabulous day. It’s been a productive one here in happy stitching manor. I spent several hours making progress on my newest Dresden project.

I disappeared into my sewing room right after breakfast and finish securing the Dresdens including the centre circles on the background fabric.

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I went on to rotary cut a mountain of squares to start framing the blocks …..

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I’m quite pleased with todays progress. And I must admit that I like the Lewis & Irene Ditsy prints I used for the Dresden blades. The Ditsy print gives the block a vintage look.

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Last year I set myself a To-Be List. And one of the tasks on said list was to be authentic. I’m doing my best to be authentic but what does it really mean to be authentic. I Googled the meaning of the word authentic ~ of undisputed origin and not a copy; genuine. So, after having a little think I decided that there are probably different ways of interpreting the meaning. I think I’ll approach being authentic by being myself and doing everything to the best of my ability as I see fit.

I did a little machine quilting yesterday. It’s a little connect the dots type of quilting (mark the dots and sew from one dot to the next). The most difficult part of connect the dots is working out what design to aim for. I kept it simple and straight forward and this is what I ended up with.

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It’s been a really good day in my little world. Over the last two years I haven’t wanted to hang around my sewing room much. Last autumn I decided to paint said room to change the look and feel of it. Well the job is done now and it looks fresh and there’s definitely a different atmosphere in there. While prepping for painting a while back, I found a whole slew of fabric that I had forgotten about which I can use in new projects. The sky’s the limit now. I’ve put pen to paper a few times in the last couple of weeks recording ideas and drawing out projects that I would like to work on over the next few months. Although the wind was blowing a hooley today the sun was shining brightly this afternoon spurring me on to get a few more patches sewn together. What more can this very happy stitching lady ask for than working on Dresdens in the sunshine. The time I spend in my sewing room takes me away from all the rotten things happening in the world. Slowly but surely my confidence is coming back and I’m rebuilding my life in a quiet positive way. Oh, happy days.

So, you’re up-to-date now. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something creative.

Until next time,

Let’s all keep stitching

Lucie x